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Why/How did Facebook spam me?

So... FacebookTM sent an email to my email address from someone who I don't know but lives in my general geographical area requesting my friendship. Problem: this email address is definitely not associated with a FacebookTM account. However, there are probably cookies from FB on this computer. Also, this potential "friend" appears to run some sort of digital media consultancy (blech). Question: how did Facebook scrape this email address exactly and why did I get this email? Did this guy pay Facebook to send a friend request to an email address they scraped or is it something more automatic? [more inside]
posted by ennui.bz on Dec 20, 2011 - 15 answers

Tick, tick, tick....Boom!

Yet another Facebook privacy question. How can I block certain information from my friends' tickers? [more inside]
posted by eau79 on Dec 18, 2011 - 6 answers

Just another guy creeped out by Facebook

I have never logged into Facebook on my iPad, but the Facebook social plugin on AVclub.com knew who I was anyway. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by yorick on Nov 24, 2011 - 4 answers

I do not consent.

Legalities being of video with audio recorded by a student. [more inside]
posted by fifilaru on Nov 23, 2011 - 12 answers

Help Me Lock It Down!

Looking to implement the most effective reasonable set of best practices for preserving internet privacy and blocking commercial data harvesting. Seeking tips, tricks, hacks, and useful online resources. [more inside]
posted by spitbull on Nov 16, 2011 - 5 answers

Does my school admin. now know about my Doctor Who obsession?

If I "like" a FaceBook page, does that mean that the admin of that page has access to view my wall? [more inside]
posted by 1000monkeys on Nov 9, 2011 - 5 answers

How to remotely access a doctor's office's files?

I am looking for advice to come up with a technological solution for a physician’s office in NB, Canada. The scenario is that I would like patient files to be accessible remotely while still satisfying health privacy laws (PIPEDA), especially the part about patient records having to be stored in Canada. [more inside]
posted by carolr on Nov 9, 2011 - 4 answers

How to have my open floor plan cake and also eat the cake without distracting everybody else.

How can I create some privacy from noise in an open floor plan office (700 sq. feet) while keeping it a really cool, collaborative place? Weird ideas totally welcome! [more inside]
posted by michaelh on Oct 30, 2011 - 7 answers

Seeking sources for an article on privacy

For an article on culture and privacy, I'm looking for sources to discuss the "new" privacy, specifically as to how the internet and reality-TV culture have changed what constitutes privacy. I'm hitting a wall at Google, and HelpAReporter has not yet helped. Sources and suggestions, dear MeFites? Many thanks.
posted by cyndigo on Oct 20, 2011 - 9 answers

I am not a number! I am a free man!

Anyone go through the American Housing Survey interview? What happens? How intrusive is it? [more inside]
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord on Oct 16, 2011 - 9 answers

Stop reading my mail!

Help me get through to my dad about respecting my privacy now that I no longer live with him. [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Oct 16, 2011 - 32 answers

Thanks, but we were just going to get takout Mexican

How can we tactfully decline a very generous offer to deliver food to our house in the first weeks with our new baby? [more inside]
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! on Oct 15, 2011 - 33 answers

To maintain my privacy, should I have everything delivered to my private PO box?

Will accepting packages at my home address defeat the whole purpose of taking out a private PO box? [more inside]
posted by ziggly on Oct 10, 2011 - 7 answers

How to maintain online privacy

How to maintain online privacy and NOT be searchable as someone else's friend social networking friend? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Oct 8, 2011 - 9 answers

Gmail Logorrhoea

I just noticed that when I'm logged in to my gmail account, and open up youtube, my gmail is tied to my youtube watching. What other websites will automatically be tied to my gmail account if I'm still logged in? Is there a list somewhere? [more inside]
posted by Think_Long on Oct 4, 2011 - 13 answers

Paging ShadePlant Sauerbraten...-Smith?!

What have your experiences been if you have a different last name for your job vs. personal life? Will this help protect my privacy, or just make things a confusing mess? [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant on Oct 4, 2011 - 10 answers

Supervisor revealed secret pregnancy: any recourse?

Supervisor revealed secret pregnancy: any recourse? [more inside]
posted by jihaan on Sep 29, 2011 - 15 answers

Facebook Privacy!

Facebook Privacy: Is there a way to create a list of people who are able to view your profile (and all the activity on your timeline/wall contributed by others) but without the ability to see photos you are tagged in? So that the only photos they can see are the ones you have previously assigned as a profile photo. [more inside]
posted by ashaw on Sep 27, 2011 - 3 answers

Disability and privacy rights question

My professor just told my entire class that I am the special student who is allowed to do something the rest of the class can't do (use a laptop to take notes) because I have a 'dispensation'. Can he do that, or was my privacy just violated? [more inside]
posted by FritoKAL on Sep 21, 2011 - 117 answers

Where could a person get a (working) used computer with at least 1 GB ram in it for $100 or less?

Where could a person get a (working) used computer with at least 1 GB ram in it for $100 or less? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Sep 16, 2011 - 10 answers

Chase credit card privacy settings

Help with Chase's credit card privacy settings... [more inside]
posted by mrunderhill on Sep 13, 2011 - 5 answers

Am I Wiki-Defamed Forever?

Someone wrote nasty, upsetting things about me on the Wikipedia page about me. I edited them out, but they're on the edit history page forever, right? Anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 12, 2011 - 22 answers

Prospective Employer Asking for Social Security # - my rights & protections

I've been approached by a firm about a position they need to fill. Staff is enthusiastic and after several conversations, I received an e-mail from their HR head asking to fill out an application form. Did it over the weekend but now she's asking me for my social security # to verify my education credentials. Trying to get out of it, but they're acting like there's no other option. [more inside]
posted by gov_moonbeam on Sep 12, 2011 - 23 answers

You might think you're sexually active, but you'd be wrong!

[Possibly NSFW] Is it normal for a physician to define "sexually active" this way? And is my doctor's office sketch? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 6, 2011 - 42 answers

The yoga studio wanted my picture. I said no thank you.

The yoga studio wanted my picture. I said no thank you. Can you help me sort this out? [more inside]
posted by uhom on Aug 25, 2011 - 44 answers

Just Gmail

Can I have my Gmail (Google App account) logged in without Google signing me to every service and tracking my every move? [more inside]
posted by nam3d on Aug 24, 2011 - 5 answers

Facebook information sharing

How can I stop Facebook sharing my information with other websites? [more inside]
posted by yogalemon on Aug 22, 2011 - 11 answers

Hey, you're in my blog!

In regards to this question, I got to thinking about best practices regarding posting photo's of other people, especially children, on my photo-heavy blog, and would like insight on this. [more inside]
posted by batikrose on Aug 16, 2011 - 11 answers

Neighbour, children, cameras, parties, Facebook...difficulty

Neighbour is social-media shy; I am not. Any 'best practices' for dealing with this when you still want to Facebook the kid's birthday party snaps? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 16, 2011 - 69 answers

My past is coming back to haunt me via google.

What to do about a mugshot from fifteen years ago coming up as the first result in a google search of my name? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 16, 2011 - 19 answers

How to disappear completely.

How do I make MS Word (2008, for Mac) actually remove the author information when I save a document as a pdf? I am submitting a paper for blind review but can't expunge the author info. [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Aug 15, 2011 - 12 answers

How are credit reporting agencies such superb snoops?

How do credit reporting agencies know so much about me? I applied for a credit history (not report) with Equifax, and along with the actual credit history, they know (almost) all of my recent employers and all of my mailing addresses. I must have signed away my privacy rights to them at some point, so how do I make sure they don't get their grubby hands on all of this very PRIVATE data in the future? I live in Canada which I believe makes a difference as far as privacy rights go (we supposedly have some privacy rights...)
posted by Yowser on Aug 9, 2011 - 14 answers

"Pardon me, your metadata is showing."

Thinking out loud - after reading many articles on the G+ naming problem, it occurred to me all the myriad ways that someone using a pseudonym could accidentally expose their real name. [more inside]
posted by Calzephyr on Jul 26, 2011 - 26 answers

I want to change a rule governing my condos management.

Condominium Outrage! Today, while taking a shower in my bathroom, i suddenly saw a reflection of a man in the vanity mirror - he was just outside the slightly open bathroom door. I screamed bloody murder while my heart beat out of my chest - i thought i was about to be the victim of a home invasion. Now, i want to do something about the apparent rule/bylaw/custom in my condo corporation/board that allows workers to enter the unit without the express permission of the owner or resident. [more inside]
posted by Kololo on Jul 19, 2011 - 37 answers

How do I get my phone number to stop appearing on Facebook?

Why is my mobile number showing up on Facebook and how can I keep this from continuing to post? [more inside]
posted by dayspteh on Jul 18, 2011 - 7 answers

Tracing you by the hole you make in the world

How many people would have to sign up for facebook before facebook can infer the existence of the rest? [more inside]
posted by Diablevert on Jul 9, 2011 - 6 answers

Filming on mass transit in Toronto, Canada. Legal?

Filming on mass transit in Toronto, Canada. Legal? ... A friend of a friend of mine was on a Toronto streetcar when a fellow passenger complained about the delay to the driver. The driver threw a fit and decided the passenger had to leave or she wouldn't drive on. The passenger refused. The driver called an inspector. The inspector sided with the driver (of course). My friend captured this on her cell phone video. When the inspector sees the camera (which was in clear view the entire time) he walks over and smashes the camera out of her hand (he didn't ask her to turn it off first). My friend wants to post the video but is unaware if filming on the transit system in the city is illegal as faces are clearly visible. I saw the video and was shocked and want it spread wide. Legally, what's the situation? [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Jul 6, 2011 - 8 answers

Can I create a modestly secure diary online using Wordpress, .htaccess, and a few tricks?

I want to access my personal diary from anywhere - and keep it as secure as possible at the same time. Here's my idea on how to do this...what do you think? [more inside]
posted by jspierre on Jul 1, 2011 - 19 answers

My 140-word identity crisis needs to stop, already

Do I need a public and a private Twitter account? Well, how do I be myself on Twitter in general? [more inside]
posted by thisjax on Jun 15, 2011 - 18 answers

Bathroom window help: airflow with privacy?

I'd like to keep my bathroom window open and air moving through, but our bathroom window is directly opposite the neighbor's balcony. So I need some sort of screen or grate or fabric or something that is open enough to let air through, but opaque enough to hide our bathroom activity. Do I use fabric, metal, what? And where do I find it? [more inside]
posted by lillygog on Jun 8, 2011 - 21 answers

Can I keep my mother from visiting the maternity ward?

How inappropriate would it be to prevent my boundaries-challenged mother from visiting the hospital upon the birth of my child? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 29, 2011 - 55 answers

Facebook profile ripping?

A third-party website has created a "profile" for me on their own site, using my main Facebeook picture, which turns up on the first page of Google hits for my full name. It seems to be some kind of cheesy dating site and I really don't want it up there. I've never used the site, or interacted with it in any way (I don't use any FB apps at all, and am savvy enough not to click on spammy links). Do I have any recourse for getting this taken down?
posted by decoherence on May 27, 2011 - 14 answers

Keeping the identity of a secret admirer... secret

How anonymous is my anonymous gmail account? [more inside]
posted by argonauta on May 25, 2011 - 21 answers

What percent of Facebook profiles are public?

What percent of Facebook profiles are public? Trying to figure out why everyone talks about the danger of having your information visible online -- don't most people use privacy settings?
posted by lastwomanstanding on May 25, 2011 - 14 answers

Will my mental health treatment preclude me from future insurance coverage?

I don't currently have health insurance but might be seeking prescription help for depression from a GP, which I will pay out of pocket. Might this preclude me from health insurance coverage at a later date? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 23, 2011 - 13 answers

Blogger and Privacy

Say I use my Google account to identify myself when posting on Blogger. Can the person running the blog see my e-mail address or other details?
posted by Yakuman on May 22, 2011 - 2 answers

Big Brother Health Care?

What kind of recourse do I have when my company's new health insurance will be charging me if I don't take a biometric screening and health assessment? [more inside]
posted by jillithd on May 17, 2011 - 28 answers

Why do you need to see my face to read my opinion

Why are so many sites these days switching to Facebook commenting systems? Am I really so unique in not wanting neither my real name/photo splashed across the pages of a thousand websites nor my opinions on various hobbies and secret interests published on Facebook for all my acquaintances to view? And what can I do to work around this system? [more inside]
posted by acidic on May 16, 2011 - 22 answers

What are the practical and ethical issues regarding using pen names on internet sites that expect people to use their real name?

What are the practical and ethical issues regarding using pen names on internet sites that expect people to use their real name? [more inside]
posted by philipy on May 12, 2011 - 11 answers

What plants would be good for screening a window?

What plants would be good for screening a window? Requirements within. [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on May 8, 2011 - 10 answers

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